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Now in a new edition, Comparative Politics provides an exciting and authoritative introduction to all of the core areas of the field. Featuring a diverse range of perspectives from expert international contributors, this anthology explores the methods and theories of comparative politics and also examines the institutions, actors, processes, and policies at the heart of political systems around the world. The selections elucidate the major themes and also present students with a wealth of empirical data and examples--drawn from both developing regions and industrial countries--that demonstrate similarities and differences in practice and encourage further research. The text is enhanced by excellent pedagogical features including readers' guides, key points, questions, a guide to further reading, text boxes, and a glossary. NEW TO THIS EDITION * More in-depth coverage of national identity, nation building and nationalism, democratization, constitutional principles, and party positioning * Chapter 14, Interest Associations, has been expanded to include trade unions and networks of decision making * In light of the global financial crisis, Chapter 24, Globalization and the Nation-State, newly examines de-globalization and economic nationalism A Companion Website offers students comparative data sets for more than 200 countries, a web directory of data archives, a country comparator, review questions and exercises, a flashcard glossary, and country profiles. It also contains resources for instructors: PowerPoint-based slides, a Test Bank, and figures and tables from the book.
Daniele Caramani is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Table of Contents
Introduction SECTION I: THEORIES AND METHODS 1. The Evolution of Comparative Politics, H. C. Klaus von Beyme 2. Approaches in Comparative Politics, Guy Peters 3. Comparative Research Methods, Hans Keman SECTION II: THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT 4. The Nation-State, Gianfranco Poggi 5. Democracies, Peter Mair 6. Authoritarian Regimes, Paul Brooker SECTION III: STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS 7. Parliaments, Amie Kreppel 8. Governments and Bureacracies, Wolfgang C. Muller 9. Constitutions and Courts, Alec Stone Sweet 10. Elections and Referendums, Michael Gallagher 11. Unitary, Federal, and Local Government Institutions, John Loughlin SECTION IV: ACTORS AND PROCESSES 12. Political Parties, Richard S. Katz 13. Party Systems, Daniele Caramani 14. Interest Groups, Roland Erne 15. Regions, James Bickerton and Alain G. Gagnon 16. Social Movements, Hanspeter Kriesi 17. Political Culture, Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel 18. Political Behavior, Herbert Kitschelt and Philipp Rehm 19. Political Communication, Pippa Norris SECTION V: PUBLIC POLICIES 20. Policy Making, Christoph Knill and Jale Tosun 21. The Welfare State, Kees van Kersbergen and Philip Manow 22. The Impact of Public Policies, Jorgen Goul Andersen SECTION VI: CURRENT ISSUES 23. The EU as a New Political System, Simon Hix 24. Globalization and the Nation-State, Georg Sorensen 25. Promoting Democracy, Peter Burnell